First off let me answer the burning question, Is the basket still on the stairs? Nope. Jake carried it up yesterday afternoon, without my having to ask, which makes me happy but also makes me feel like a bit of jerk for doubting him.

Now, let me say, I MISS BOXING. I stopped back in March because I was set to have a laparoscopy and an ablation treatment. I'm not sure I've spelled either of those correctly, but no matter, when the doctor got in there, my endometriosis was so bad she just said, well nevermind. So I have a hysterectomy coming up that will leave nothing but my left ovary. Fun times. So, I've been pushed into early menopause after a shot of Lupron to help with the endo. Hot flashes are a bitch!
Anyway, back to boxing, so I haven't boxed for a month and a half after doing so for basically two years. Hitting that bag is so therapeutic. I have a lot of inner stress, that I mostly create for myself, but it's there and boxing helped. So, I plan on going back next week and also working on eating better. I say this every day. Not that I think I've done so great, but I can get up each day and try again. 
Another part of my Tranfor-MAY-tion besides healthier eating and beating a boxing bag is working on my social media presence. This will include more blog posts, tweets, and Instagram posts. 
My next post will discuss a Leaky Gut test my sister wants me to take, and I'll keep you up to date on the whole hysterectomy situation. I know a lot of women have gone through them and I'll survive. My prob is the endo has attached to the bowel which means my poo tubes need to be cleared by one surgeon before my awesome gyno can go in and take out all the essential female parts. As I said, fun times. And probably TMI
Let's see if I can get healthier and fitter by the end of the month, and maybe, just maybe by the time Writers On The River rolls around in July, I'll be a few pounds lighter in body and in mind. 
I don't know if you watched the show Everybody Loves Raymond, but the show really annoyed me, at times. The fact that Deborah never seemed to win, drove me batty. 
One episode sticks in my mind because it resonates with me every day. Raymond went on some trip or the family did, something, and Deborah left the suitcase on the stairs, waiting for someone to notice and carry it up. Now I work from home, and I do appreciate the fact that my husband works very hard all day, but I find it very humorous when on a weekly basis, I have laundry baskets on the stairs waiting to be carried up, folded, and put away- which I will do no problem. What bugs me is when I carry one up and ask, "Um, didn't you see the baskets on the stairs? Couldn't you have carried one up?" To which the answer is always, "My hands were full." Really?
IT"S A BASKET!! They are made to put things in. They make transport of such objects in your hands easier to carry. 
So, for fun, I've left a basket on the stairs. 
Let's see how long it takes before someone else in this house carries it up without my having to ask. 
Yes, I'm being snarky, but it's also just a tad funny. (in my opinion)
I'll let you know the results soon. We have friends visiting so I'll be forced to carry it up at some point, but let's just see how my laundry challenge goes. 
Luckily the basket doesn't have cheese in it like Deborah's suitcase did in the Everybody Loves Raymond episode, but the whole thing still does stink!

Central Illinois author event brings romance and healing!
Writers On The River, an author signing and book sale event, will feature 80+ romance authors at the Par-A-Dice Hotel, 21 Blackjack Blvd in East Peoria on Saturday, July 8th, 2017. New York Times and USA Today best sellers will be in attendance. This event is hosted by Healing With Words. The signing will begin at Noon for VIP guests and 1pm for general admission and will end at 4pm.

Last July, The Writers On The River raised $1,500 for Thistle Farms. For more information, please visit www.thistlefarms.org.

Healing With Words is a not for profit established for healing survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking, and prostitution. We feel the best way to spread love is to share the love of reading. Through the written word, persons can find an escape and a form of entertainment.

Our mission is to bring together readers, authors, and survivors in a positive manner that affects change and relief from negative influences.

·      Event coordinators are available for interviews.

·      Media tickets available upon request.

Quotes from our 2016 authors:

WOTR was not only well organized but also the highlight of the summer!”  Emily Pearson

“Highlights? Many- reader turnout was fantastic… Organization…from the moment I signed up the communication helped keep things flowing smoothly…Bravo ladies” Aly Grady

“…Setup was great, the turnout fantastic…My sales were in the top five for events I’ve attended” CM Michaels

“We can honestly say that Writers On The River 2016 was one of our favorite book signings and we will definitely be back next year” – Kennedy Layne & Top Griz

“I loved it all! Sales were fabulous, fans were happy…You ladies rocked it!” Dawn Brower

“What wasn’t a highlight?...It was a non-stop flow of people…” Sierra Hill

“Writers On the River was my favorite book signing event of the year!” Michelle Sharp

“Where do I begin?? Organized, event room was spacious, volunteers were vey helpful. You ladies outdid yourselves.” JM Walker

What are five things you believe every author should have when starting a writing career? 
Steel spine, marketing knowledge, love of self, belief in your product, and a gaggle of author friends.  Author friends is actually the most important part. IMO  

Who would you invite to dinner and why?

Elvis, because he’s Elvis.

My grandmother, because I’d like her to meet my son.

Freddie Mercury, because I love his music, and I’d like to hear the truth of his life.

Lastly, a panel of women throughout time, how did they ever make it? Specifically a few brave gals who survived on their own while their loved ones fought in the Civil War. Women who fought for our right to vote. Women who fought for our health care. A glimpse into their strength and persistence would be fascinating. 

EARTH DAY is the perfect day for Water's Threshold to be Free! Enjoy Terran and Maya's story then journey on to Fire's Field and Air's Vision!
Which ELEMENT ARE YOU? Water? Fire? Air? Earth?
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1wOqeXg
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/WatersThresholdBN
Kobo: http://bit.ly/WatersThresholdKobo
iBooks: http://bit.ly/WatersThreshiBooks
Other links to follow!

Contemporary romance which is part of a 2-book novella series. 

Look for FOR RYAN, coming June 2017

The Bowie Bride, Book Two of The Mackintoshes and McLarens Series.

Alec Bowie never wanted a wife. He never wanted a hearth and home. And he most assuredly never wanted to be chief of his clan. But much to his vexation, he finds himself in possession of all three.
His desire for peace and to protect his clan are stronger than his desire to remain free and untethered. He agrees to the marriage in the hopes his wife will bed him only long enough get with child then leave him the bloody hell alone.
Leona MacDowall -- or Leona ‘Odd Eyes’, Leona the Witch, or Leona ‘The Devil’s Spawn’ depending on to whom you speak -- is all too happy to volunteer to marry the Bowie Chief. Though the clan Bowie's reputation as murderers and thieves precedes them, she believes life with Alec more palatable than living the rest of her life untouched, unmarried, and under the hateful rule of her spiteful father.
But nothing turns out the way they expect. Alec doesn't know if he can keep to his original plan of leaving his wife alone after he gets her with child. Leona is beginning to suspect she might not get the happy home she's always wanted. And worst of all, someone's set on murdering Leona — and might just succeed before anyone's dreams can come true.

Buy Links:





Available for ebook preorder for special price of 99 cents.

Also available in paperback at Amazon: http://littl.ink/TheBowieBrideinPaperback

And coming to audible and iTunes very soon!

USA Today Bestselling Author, storyteller and cheeky wench, SUZAN TISDALE lives in the Midwest with her verra handsome carpenter husband. All but one of her children have left the nest. Her pets consist of dust bunnies and a dozen poodle-sized, backyard-dwelling groundhogs – all of which run as free and unrestrained as the voices in her head. And she doesn’t own a single pair of yoga pants, much to the shock and horror of her fellow authors. She prefers to write in her pajamas.
Suzan writes Scottish historical romance/fiction, with honorable and perfectly imperfect heroes and strong, feisty heroines. And bad guys she kills off in delightfully wicked ways. 
She published her first novel, Laiden’s Daughter, in December, 2011, as a gift for her mother. That one book started a journey which has led to fifteen published titles, with two more being released in the spring of 2017. To date, she has sold more than 350,000 copies of her books around the world. They have been translated into four foreign languages (Italian, French, German, and Spanish.) 
You will find her books in digital, paperback, and audiobook formats.

Suzan’s Website: www.suzantisdale.com 
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/suzantisdaleromance
Get text messages on new releases! 
Text: CheekyWenchUS to 24587

*NEW Paranormal Romantic Suspense from CHERYL BROOKS*
(Can't wait for this one, cause it's about a Jillian! Eep!!)
The Soul Survivors series will have 3 books. 
Mankind has exploited Earth for centuries, and now the planet itself is fighting back, choosing three young women to lead the battle. Armed with the knowledge of departed souls, they endeavor to expose the greed, violence, and corruption that are destroying our world.
Heat level: moderate 
One miraculous survivor becomes a life raft for souls.
Jilted less than a week before her wedding, assistant bank manager Jillian Dulaine elects to go on her honeymoon to England alone. When the plane nose-dives into the sea off the coast of Ireland, she is one of only three survivors and is charged with delivering a message 

to the son of the woman seated beside her.
When his mother’s dying words send Jillian to him, London Times reporter Ranjiv Tenali suspects her of matchmaking even after her death. His attraction to the lovely American woman cannot be denied, but he is shaken by the suspicion that she carries his mother’s spirit.
The souls she acquired in the midst of the crash provide Jillian with talents and knowledge vital to her survival. But when she visits Stonehenge, her role as the one chosen to connect with Earth’s spirit is revealed, setting her on a path toward romance, conspiracy, and murder.
One-click here:


Where to find Cheryl Brooks:




For April releases April 22-Earth Day!
Contemporary Novella – 2-book series. For Ryan will release Early June. 

Ryan Cole has two stiff middle fingers for those who say, ”You can rise above your past”…because, yeah…when has that ever happened?
Until it does…
After aiding an influential Senator, Ryan is thrust into a scenario that lays the foundation for his dreams of becoming a trial lawyer. All he has to do is befriend the Senator’s daughter—a woman with no friends, no social skills, whose past traumas are even worse than his own…and on top of all that, she’s the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen.
As Ryan manipulates his way into April’s life, he discovers he’d do anything to release her from the cage she lives within.
But when he slips and April discovers her father’s plan—and Ryan’s part in it, he must face the consequences of his betrayal and a possible future without the woman he loves.